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Harlots of the Desert: A Study of Repentance in Early Monastic Sources (Cistercian Studies Series, 106) [Paperback]

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Item description for Harlots of the Desert: A Study of Repentance in Early Monastic Sources (Cistercian Studies Series, 106) by Benedicta Ward...

Beauty consuming itself like incense burnt before God in solitude: these stories of penitent women from the fourth- century egyptian desert fascinated Christians in antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages.

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Beauty consuming itself like incense burnt before God in solitude: these stories of penitent women from the fourth- century egyptian desert fascinated Christians in antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages.

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Studio: Cistercian Publications
Pages   113
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
ISBN  0879076062  
ISBN13  9780879076061  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sister Benedicta Ward is a sister of the Community of Sisters of the Love of God. She is Reader in the History of Christian Spirituality at the University of Oxford and an honorary lecturer at Harris Manchester College.

Benedicta Ward currently resides in Oxford. Benedicta Ward was born in 1933.

Benedicta Ward has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cistercian Fathers
  2. Cistercian Studies
  3. Penguin Classics
  4. Studies in Christian History and Thought

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Saint Benedict in writing his "rule for beginners" turned vastly to the earlier monastic rules from the deserts of Egypt, etc., including especially Saint Basil and John Cassian, and formed one of his vows as one of the conversion of ways, a slow and an uncertain and a difficult process to which a monk commits in full recognition by self and by the community of our humanity and our weakness and our failing and of the far path by which we have come to the point of full willingness to take on seriously this vow to convert.

Just so this book, compiled for the Institute of Cistercian Studies in Kalamazoo by the great and prolific student and teacher of the Desert Fathers (and Mothers), Benedicta Ward, S.L.G The unfortunate reader of this clumsily written review is urged to search upon this mighty this site her works, using only her Christian and family names as search parameters, to locate and acquire her several excellent studies of Patristic theology.

Here Benedicta Ward begins an examination of the history and theology of the general theme of repentance, a grace of humility and of begging forgiveness which is so lacking yet ever necessary in our own times. She continues by examining closely from the Biblical texts and their commentaries by the Saints the "archetypal penitent" Maria Magdelena as a Biblical model of repentance recognized and followed throughout the history of our Church. She then fully examines the object of this work: the women monks of the desert who abandoned questionable lives based upon their physical beauty and fled to the desert hermitages to seek God alone, that beauty, as quoted herein, burning away unseen in the desert like incense in offering to GOd alone. Benedicta Ward explores such great women monks and saints as Saint Mary of Egypt, Pelagia, Thais, etc. She further examines how the example of these courageous, strong, wise and holy women assisted other monks and hermits hidden in the desert to overcome their own temptations, weaknesses and demons, and how their prayerful intercession can yet assist us even now today in our abandoned and material times.

May the careful, prayerful reading and meditation of this powerful book bring you fortitude, peace, and the firm resolution to convert, one day at a time, to the love of God alone, to find God's peace, and may we all get there together again in Christ's name. These are good saints to know, to learn from, to learn the humility of seeking repentance, to pray with. Read their life stories and their significance for ourselves and for our Church and for our world today.

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